Written By Thomas Perez. March 12, 2018 at 12:15AM. Copyright 2019.
“…Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven.”
“People who feel themselves to be exiles in this world are mightily inclined to believe themselves citizens of another”
What is the will of God for the Earth? Picture asking yourself that question based upon the actual title of this article. After doing so, picture yourself adding onto the Biblical citation above with respect to the four ideologcal, economic and sociological systems of government; your preferred choice of government. The first can be cited as “Thy (your) capitalism be done on Earth, as it is Heaven.” The second; “Your socialism be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven.” The third; “Your communism be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven.” The fourth; “Your Theocracy be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Now, which of the four are the closet to the will of God? Before we answer that question, let us take a look at the definitions of the four opposing systems of government first.
Definitions Are Taken From Google Dictionary and Wikipedia:
Capitalism: “An economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state” (Google Dictionary). “Capitalism is an economic system based on private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit. Characteristics central to capitalism include private property, capital accumulation, wage labor, voluntary exchange, a price system, and competitive markets” (Wiki).
Another way of describing capitalism is that it is an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.
Socialism: “A political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole” (Google Dictionary). “Socialism is a range of economic and social systems characterised by social ownership and workers’ self-management of the means of production as well as the political theories and movements associated with them” (Wiki).
Communism: “A political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.” (Google Dictionary). “In political and social sciences, communism is the philosophical, social, political, and economic ideology and movement whose ultimate goal is the establishment of the communist society, which is a socioeconomic order structured upon the common ownership of the means of production and the absence of social classes, money and the state” (Wiki).
Theocracy: “A system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or a god.” (As in an…“ambition to lead a worldwide theocracy”). Google Dictionary. “Theocracy is a form of government in which a religious institution is the source from which all authority derives.” (Wiki)
Another way of describing this system is by fruition from ambition concerning Messianic rulership, divinely fulfilled or self-fulfilling; as in one individual. An individual usually representative of a given faith or combination of faiths through synchronization.
According to Biblical citations, it would appear that the Bible indicates all three systems and one peculiar ambition. While all four systems of government entail moral, ethical and responsible modes of conduct, they also entail guaranteed forms of disadvantages; even danger. While the Bible, and other works of Holy Writ, do not mention any particular system of government by name, they do speak a great deal about economic issues. For example, whole sections in the Book of Proverbs and many of the parables of Jesus deal with economic matters. Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of all four.
1. Capitalism: One of the first instances for the support of capitalism is the passage found in Genesis 1:28. In that passage God says we are to subdue the earth and have dominion over it. One aspect of this is that humans can own property in which they can exercise their dominion. It is clearly evidenced, whether you agree with it or not, that Man owns the Earth and all other forms of life are to be subjected to humanity. But who owns humanity? “Who the Son sets free is free indeed.”
Ownership eventually lead to private and enterprise ownership. An example of this is a national park or a state-owned enterprise. Common property or collective property is property that is owned by a group of individuals. Private property is both excludable and rival. Private property access, use, exclusion and management are controlled by the private owner or a group of legal owners.
Many have come to the conclusion that perhaps Humanity should have never assumed the freedom to exchange private property rights. Rights gained by, and through, the means of a monetary system; a free market where goods and services can be exchanged, and hence subdue his fellow man by owning private property (private Earth spots); while his neighbor does not. Ownership indirectly led to the class/caste system of yesterday and today; and even slavery. This being the case, it is of no wonder that the god Yahweh is primarily responsible for the shape that the world is in.
When the word “dominion” was first introduced, the ideas of ownership, possession and subjugation also naturally gave way to an inclination that a god or God was over us. Lording over us did Yahweh bless those who would follow his yoke of dominion, and cursed those who would not. Disobedience to ownership was often met with punishment. Since Man’s banishment from Paradise, the confusion of one universal language into multiple tongues (which became the nations) at the Tower of Babel, and the ethnic cleansing of said nations where ever Yahweh’s poster boy nation – the Israelites went; destruction was always soon to follow those who stood in their way of claiming “dominion” over common land. This particular Earth spot is known as the ‘Promised Land.’
This Earth spot is a burden upon Humanity. Wars, bloodshed and even inspirational contradictions became its rally call to three distinct religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam; and not to mention all the political unrest of the past and present. All three religions claim spiritual ownership; the Jews (Judaism) being the first. However, Christianity can also claim equal ownership since it is a fact that the Christian faith sprang from ancient Judaism. Islam can also claim dominion over the land since it is an offshoot of Judaism and Christianity. All three religions share a common ancient ancestor: Abraham.
It was Abraham who first felt the need to leave the land of Ur. The Biblical Book of Genesis, says Abraham left the land of Ur, in Mesopotamia because God called him to found a new nation in an undesignated land that he later learned was Canaan. He obeyed unquestioningly the commands of god (small “g” intended), from whom he received repeated promises and a covenant that his “seed” would inherit the land. As time progressed Abraham’s seed eventually did inherit the land, albeit through battle calls and forced entry. They felt “entitled” to the land simply because Yahweh told them, or rather I should say the “counsel of gods” as in the name ‘Elohim told them.’
The Elohim title should not be confused or limited to specific counsels. The title is also used in reference to the One Supreme Elohim. We know Him as “Father,” “Abba,” our “Christ.” Private ownership stems from the counsel of the gods, not from the Father. This fact is so very blatantly revealed in the statement; “In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had married her. But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like the angels in heaven” (Matt. 22:28-30). Since this is in reference to marriage we should be careful to note that there are no patriarchal systems, no lordship from husband’s over wives; hence no dominion and ownership. But this does not mean that dominions and ownerships are excluded altogether. Moreover, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Today it would be “There neither Jew or Arab, black or white.”
Mansions of Heavenly promises found in John 14:2-12 and that of Messianic Kingdom expectations of rewards, entitlements and benefits indicate ownership as an inheritance due to Earthly subjugation to the Father/Christ. This is a classic case of reaping what you have sowed in this life; good or bad (II Cor 5:10). If good, and if found in faithful “service” like a good purchased slave, you will receive your just rewards. If one is found not in good standing with the Master servant owner then they are subject to receive nothing. In other words; we must be good stewards of the resources at our disposal; whether spiritual or Earthly.
As a Reconciliationist; I believe ALL Humanity has been declared righteous through Christ. And by the righteousness of Christ and His blood, He has bought us from the clutches of that Noon Day Devil (Yahweh). We have now become His property through the act of His redemption. According to the New Testament (NT), Christ has ownership over us. And as a result of this ownership we are called His children, His bride and His Church. In Yahwism we obtained automatic death, no conditions. Yet, in Earthly life, conditions of blessings and cursing existed in Yahwism in exchange for servitude. In Christ we have the opposite; eternal life automatically, no conditions. But in this life we are to serve Him now due to the private of ownership of us ALL.
Hence, Christ owns us. And since He owns us, He owns the very “Earth spot” we stand upon. “Take off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place where thou standest is holy ground.” It is written that our bodies “are the temples of God.” Where your temple goes, the Holy Spirit goes. So where ever you are; walking, running or sleeping in freedom, you are owned by the act of reclamation. In this case, Christ owns you through private ownership, even a shared ownership. Ownership is considered objectionable, especially when said ownership is manifested in, and through, servitude. Sharing, in this case can also be objectionable to some, since that would entail sharing the ideas of slavery; spiritual or physical.
It is written that we are one Body in Christ, with may branches (legs, arms, eyes, feet, and hands), but the mind belongs to Christ. And as such, we are ALL to have the same mind in Christ. So much for individualism. He owns us lock, stock and barrel upon that Earth spot. Ownership by might is wrong. However, one can always choose to be owned, and if so, there is nothing wrong with that choice. It is your provocative. It is your free will. But, I can not think of anybody that would want to be willfully owned, unless it came with a box tied with a colorful ribbon: eternal life, favor, blessings and rewards. This is conditional cohesion by New Testament authors, and can not be of Christ. It is in the interests of ourselves that is the thing that is being best served (Pascal’s wager). An individual’s enterior self motivational behavior drives one to be subservient to Christ due to “great expectations” of eternal life and rewards. It is for this very reason many give up their private ownership of the self; surrendering it to Christ (Rom 12:1-2). But even when captivity is benevolent, we desire death. “Give me liberty or give me death.”
In return for our servitude, it is written that we are awarded the Kingdom of God, which is shared through private ownership. But sharing Earth spots here on Earth itself can cause problems without a private ownership. Individuals in “shared Earth spots” can do whatever they please – listen to loud music, have parties, drink and/or smoke, chant, and pray – in opposition to the other, who also shares the same Earth spot as well, and to anyone else for that matter. This can cause strife and conflict. This is precisely why we have private Earth property (spots). Private homes on Earth property (spots) and large tenement buildings owned by landlords renting out private spaces (spots) on that Earth property (spot) called apartments provide; privacy, security and safety.
It is therefore the constant need for privacy, security and safety that gave way to private ownership of Earth spots. A place to call your own. Moreover, well to do individuals have the freedom to exchange these private property rights in a free market where goods and services can be exchanged – this includes, not only land (Earth spots), but also cars, clothes, TV’s, food and any other materialistic things deemed worthy of economic exchange. But in the Kingdom of God, sharing is a given. Everyone will share in on the benefits of the Kingdom.
2. Socialism: According to the New Testament, the Kingdom will be distributed accordingly. In other words, what we have here is a system that is one of; ownership (as in capitalism) and one of true equality and sharing (as in socialism). But it is a socialism that is curbed by unequal amounts of distribution, based upon how far one went up on the ladder of success via servitude. Blessings are shared among the poor, the meek, the righteous, the thirsty, the hungry, the peacemakers and the pure in heart. Here we see the concept of social sharing in an idealistic fashion. It’s first fruition, or practice if you will, was put into operation in Acts 2-5. But it was put forth voluntarily, and not by government takeover or egalitarian methods.
Acts 2:44-45 says that immediately following Pentecost all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as any might have need.” In Acts 4:32-35, it says of the early congregation that “not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own; but all things were common property to them. For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales, lay them at the apostles’ feet; and they would be distributed to each as any had need.” It sounds like some of the language of socialism is here, so how could anyone argue otherwise?
Some scholars offer an alternative argument: that the Bible’s central principles are consistent with a market economy (commonly called capitalism) and contradict a centrally-planned economy (commonly called socialism). Capitalism and socialism both claim that they are best poised to advance human flourishing, but they make different claims over how resources should and can be rationed. The unequal rationing of goods often lead to social out cries for revolution. It is written that the poor will receive the Kingdom of Heaven, the mouners will be comforted, the meek shall inherit the Earth, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled, the merciful shall obtain mercy, the pure in heart shall see God, the peacemakers shall be called sons of God and the persecutioned will receive the Kingdom of Heaven; similar to the poor. It is an upheaval of the classes; a revolution upon Earth. For every outcome there is a consequence; good or bad. And if we are to take the Beatitudes literally, then the opposite will befall upon the rich, the cheerful (those without care for others), the prideful, the unjust (those who are unrighteous), the apathetic, the vile, the warmongers and the persecuters.
The Kingdom of God is owned by Christ. But Christ chooses to share it with us. For the Calvinist, it is shared with a select chosen few, for the Arminianist, it is for everyone that chooses by their freewll to be a part of this society under a theocracy, and for the Reconciliationist, everyone is entitled; saint or sinner. There are no distinctions, only ignorance of not knowing the Gospels full extent for all Humanity. This extent, however, seems to be limited. The Kingdom of God is a nation by definition. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging (ownership T. Perez) to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God…” (I Peter 2:9-10).
This is another classic example of “Having ascended on high, He led captive captivity, and gave gifts to men” (Ephesians 4:8). Many simply interpret this verse by citing that Christ went to set free those who were once captured in the lower parts of the Earth (Paradise – and it’s gulf fixed – Luke 16:19-31) into Heaven by transferring Paradise from Earth’s lower regions into Heaven. But it can also be interpreted as being released from one prison, under Yahweh and his laws, onto another prison, except this one doesn’t have walls (a gulf – a separation). It is shared among all nations. It is a nation of equal bondages, a light and easy yoke, but nevertheless a yoke – Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 7-8.
Peter wrote to a group of people that probably included both Jews and Gentiles. The apostle addressed the letter’s recipients as “aliens.” I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” (1:1). These areas were Roman provinces in what is now Turkey. Moreover, it is written that; “Our citizenship is in Heaven” (Philippians 3:20). Without said citizenship, we are not a people. If we are not a people outside of the Kingdom, then what are we? Answer: A vain thing – See various articles on Yahwism.
3. Communism: The ideals of communism are similar to socialism, only its methods of achievement differs. Similar to Jesus, the Zealots and the Apostles, the overall goal of obtaining and venting aliens, to see if they qualify to become spiritual and eventual resurrected citizens of the Kingdom, are the same. They are the same in the sense that “class war” is declared by that which is deemed right and unrighteous, that which is just and unjust, good and evil. The poor (who will inherit all), and the once rich (now poor), will struggle through a new “class war” with Christ as it’s head (Monarch). If taken literally, the new class war will be not only against the rule of Christ and His theocracy, but also against His oligarchical subjects. Is it of any wonder that Revelation 20:1-10 speaks of another uprising after what is called ‘The Millennium Reign of Christ.’
It is probable that the so-called final rebellion found in Revelation 20:1-10 will include the desire to overthrow the classes (Kingdom citizenship) and demand equal blessings and rewards from those who they will see as bureaucrats (saints holding positions: the great and the least, Ministers and Judges – Matthew 5:19, I Corinthians 6:2). They will demand fringe benefits from such a Plutarchy which were not earned in prior ages. The Kingdom is a Plutarchy as much as it is a Monarchy and Oligarchy. A Plutarchy is a society that is ruled or controlled by people of great wealth or income. The first known use of the term in English was in 1631. Unlike systems such as democracy, capitalism, socialism or anarchism; plutocracy is not rooted in an established political philosophy. The concept of plutocracy may be advocated by the wealthy classes of a society in an indirect or surreptitious fashion, though the term itself is almost always used in a pejorative sense. But it is used disapprovingly by those who question what is fair.
But how can what seems to be a capitalistic and socially sharing Kingdom give way to seeds of communism? A colleague of mine, who majored in Political Science (MA), explained it in the following manner; in response to three questions I asked. The conversation went as follows…
Me: “Do you consider communism and socialism to be practically the same thing, I do?”
Answer: “Certainly not. Briefly, I think there is a quantum leap between soviet-era control over the means of production and the ‘socialism’ of postwar social democracy as practiced in the Nordic countries.”
Me: “Interesting, but that answer is from a historical perspective. Do you think they can become synchronized in this day and age; even if in small degrees?”
Answer: “In other words, control over the means of production is key, the Nordic countries have free market, export- driven economies but they provide some services free at the point of service funded via high levels of taxation at the individual level. Does that make sense?”
Me: “Yes, I understand. But, and please forgive me, what I mean is that do you think free market economies (socially driven) can become communistic if driven sooner or later by bureaucratic monopolies? But I suppose that may be far fetched since most, if not all, Nordic countries are, and were well developed industrially wise already as opposed to failed nations that dabbled in socialism; like Greece and Venezuela.”
Answer: “There is overlap (Emphasis T.Perez). Postwar britain nationalized key domestic industries as they lost viability (coal, steel, shipbuilding.) They certainly can take on these elements (controlling the means of production). However, they are often stepping in to cases of market failure rather than seizing key industries. Indeed, the soviets seized essentially the entire Russian economy. Also, China is an excellent example of a dizzying mix of monopoly command capitalism, communist authoritarianism manipulated free market economics.”
With this in mind, and what we have been able to garnish at the moment, it would appear that the Kingdom of God is indeed a concoction of various systems of government. A concoction is the abstract meaning or intension of a term, which forms a principle in determining objects or concepts it applies to. The application of “overlap” pertaining to Earthly systems of government with regard to the Kingdom of God and it’s form of government is astoundingly undeniable. The government of this Kingdom shall rest solely upon the shoulders of the Son (Isaiah 9:6). However, the resting of its government entails a theocracy.
4. Theocracy: Most forms of theocracy are oligarchic in nature, involving rule of the many by the few, some of whom are anointed under the claim of divine commission. Divine commission includes appointed priests, rabbis, so-called prophets, caliphates and self proclaimed messiahs. Today, Vatican City (the Holy See), Mount Athos (Athonite State), Iran (a Theocratic Republic) and the Central Tibetan Administration are all theocratic societies. In the past, states that had aspects of theocracy included the following:
Ancient Egypt (deified Pharaohs), Japan (deified the Emperors), the Roman Empire (deified the Caesars starting with Caligula), Medieval Christianity (deified the Pope’s – a title held today, via Vicar: Caesaropapism), Tidbit (deified the 5th Dalai Lama – a title held to a somewhat lesser degree today), China (the Shang Dynasty – Chinese emperors were called the son of Heaven), the Caliphate; the Sunni branch of Islam, and the Byzantine Empire (324-1453). There was also Geneva/Zurich (1509–1564). Under John Calvin, Geneva Switzerland had a separation of church and state, but the clerics under Calvin seldom practiced it. We also had Persia under the Achaemenid Empire. Zoroastrianism was the state religion of Persia. Persian kings were considered pious Zoroastrians. And finally we have “Deseret” – Mormonism: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (but this consenses is debated among scholars today).
But what would this list be without the mention of Israel? Is Israel a theocratic state? In short, the answer is “no, it is not.” Remember, theocratic states are states ruled by a priesthood or by divine commission given to a monarch, a god or messiah – likely representative in human form. However, Israel has no separation of church (in their case Judaism) and state; this is worrisome. The gap is wide enough for easy transition from their democratic system of government to morph into a theocratic state.
With the rebuilding of their third temple commencing, the push toward a theocratic state is becoming the stuff of early Israel. In ancient Israel the Judges were believed to be representatives of YHVH (Yahweh) before they instituted a monarchy under their first king Saul. Their 1st temple, built under Solomon, who reigned after his father David (Saul’s successor), was the central pinnacle of Israel’s glory. The temple, in a sense, was the nation. After the destruction of the 1st temple, and the utter shattering of the 2nd, the Jews have not had a temple since. It is believed, by Jews and evangelical Christians alike, that this 3rd temple is the place where the Messiah will rule from. In other words, Israel today is ushering a Messianic theocracy. A Kingdom that will be for all.
But there is a danger in this. According to Christian apocalyptic fundamental dispensationalists, it is a time to fear and rejoice. The fear is indicative toward the Antichrist, an end time ruler, often depicted as another Antiochus IV Epiphanes – the Devil incarnate under the guise of Messianic divinity. And like the false malevolent Roman state appointed king of Israel found in, the Arab Bedouin, Herod the Great two thousand years ago; this false messiah will make Herod look like a pussycat. The rejoicing is indicative of knowing that his time will be short; via the second coming of the true Christ. The temple has always been emblematic of this belief, beginning with the 2nd temple (Daniel 9:24-27). And although they know of these things, the world (including Jews and Muslims) will not recognize this false system of theocracy for what it is, until it is too late. Everything is so clouded now. Truth is becoming more and more less decipherable.
To make matters worse, many are uncertain concerning the season in which Messiah would come. Some claim, He comes prior to temple construction, and that He, Himself, will build it. Others state that it is only after a completed temple that Messiah will come and be revealed. Either way, this is a wide margin for error. In either case, it points to one direction: The Middle East. However, the Book of Matthew is ambiguous to the physicalities of the Kingdom. On being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” (Luke 17:20-21).
Yet, as indicated earlier, the Kingdom rests upon His shoulders. In verse 7 of our Isaiah 9:6 citation, it reads; “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” This is theocracy. Not only does He claim to own us “in our midst” (“within” KJV), but it is also said to have an “increase.” How can something increase, when one can not pinpoint it? Moreover, how can an individual increase the Kingdom from within if we are all still constantly dying from natural causes, diseases or accidents?
That is why the exhalation to proclaim the Gospel is commanded. But when will the command cease? Answer: It never will. If it does then the Gospel loses its age, its favor or grip. Revelation cites the Gospel as eternal; “the eternal Gospel” (Revelation 14:6). “This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14, Mark 13:10). Are we to understand that when “the end” has come the Gospel will be no more? This is not possible, since it is eternal. There are two Gospel messages at play here. One is in reference to a Kingdom, the other is in reference to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection – I Corinthians 15:1-4. The meaning is symbolic for something greater. The meaning is one of self ownership, not a theocracy of rule from a Messiah. It is a spiritual growth. A growth that has its seeds in Abba (Father), the Son of Man, God the Son, or God our Son. It is a Family. It is a state of Being. The statement “Be still and know that I am God” can be reflected outwardly or transcendantly inward – from within; as so eloquently cited by Jesus’ prayer on the Mount of Olives (John 17).
Conclusion: The Great Escape.
Many sacred texts from different religions provide us with a description of our Human nature which helps us to evaluate the possible success of, or failure of, an economic system in any given society. And as such, we learn what our attitude should be concerning them. Historically, the free enterprise system has provided the greatest amount of freedom and the most effective economic gains of any economic system ever devised. In essence, self-interest is rewarded in a free capitalist system. Even the Gospel appeals to our self-interest, because it is said to be in our self-interest to accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour so that our eternal destiny will be assured. But this is conditional.
Acceptance is a fallacy. The fact of the matter is this: All are made righteous, as indicated above. In this, both Gospels are eternal, both Gospels are One. In reference to “Kingdom Gospel rhetoric,” capitalism is seen as a by product of what is performed in this life and/or age. The blessings and rewards (crowns of righteousness, the Crown of Life, crowns of faithfulness, etc) are a by product of choices over property that we exchanged in a market system. In this case, the market system is our own bodies; bodies that occupy various “Earth spots” and houses a Kingdom “within.” We give our bodies and minds to Christ and in exchange He gives us eternal life.
This is actually untruthful. It is elementarily given as a forgone conclusion to the simple-minded. This is not the Gospel. We are the “Wills” of God. We have complete freedom. Freedom has always been our rallying cry. It has always been a good beckoning call, as opposed to servitude under monarchs, caste systems, priests and Messiahs. A self governing people is often reflective of beauty beyond the senses. But too much freedom can corrupt. For everything holy, there is something unholy, that is the essence of temptation. This is our spiritual Kingdom. The ideas or essence of capitalism should have no place within our spiritual Kingdom makeover.
However, if there is to be a literal Kingdom of God, it will operate like a capitalistic society. Capitalistic similarities between a literal or spiritual Kingdom of God exists. Economic justices are achieved when a person is accountable for his/her own productivity. The spiritual Kingdom, for some, operates in the same manner – aspirations and ambitions. It is believed that our sinful nature produces laziness, neglect and slothfulness which in turn produces one who becomes the “least in the Kingdom of Heaven.” The diligent, the “On Fire For God” type of mentality and lifestyle, produces blessings and rewards for maintaining a good testimony; “the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” The belief that a person is accountable for the deeds done in his body is undeniably similar to economic justice best achieved due to his own productivity towards himself and society.
In reference to its historical reputation, capitalism has had a number of advantages. It has unlimited economic potential, freedom of political and economic opportunities. When government is limited, as is not controlling enterprises and markets, then there is economic freedom to be involved in an array of entrepreneurial activities. The potential for personal growth and gain is there. The old saying; “Where there is no pain there is no gain” is similar “To early to bed early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Amazon and Uber are perfect examples of a successful free market.
Capitalism has also led to a great deal of political freedom, because once we limit the role of government in economics, we limit the scope of government in other areas. It is no accident that most of the countries with the greatest political freedom usually have a great deal of economic freedom. However, there is a danger with this system; it can produce greed, selfishness, monopolies, moral issues and utilitarianism. It is for this reason that many, including some Christians, are unsure about the free enterprise system. We must reject the temptations that come with capitalism. And while there are valid reasons to be concerned, capitalism generates significant economic prosperity and economic freedom for its people.
In contrast, capitalism is not the cause of greedy people, selfishness, moral issues, monopolies or unitarianism. The desire for want and need is an attribute of the Human condition. The condition is a pre-existant one. It is the condition of the human, non-moral and non-ethical, heart that use the capitalist system to satisfy their greed. But that is not so much a criticism of capitalism as it is a realization of the human condition. We already had greedy people in the world before capitalism became a system. Capitalism is a system in which bad people can do the least harm and good people have the freedom to do good works. Capitalism works best with moral individuals. But it also functions adequately with selfish and greedy people.
But remember, I am speaking of the system from a historical and physical conception of reality; not of its benefits or consequences from a spiritual Kingdom.
In contrast we have other economic systems such as socialism and communism. What socialism sudtley does is borrow the compassionate thoughts, alms and aims of Christianity while rejecting the Christian expectation that this compassion not be coerced or forced. It plays on emotions of economic equality for all, where a few governmental bureaucrats control every aspect of our lives. This is not a good thing; it limits economic potential for individuals and places them in a few select easter baskets – via various aspects of governmental bureaucracies. However, in reference to a spiritual Kingdom, socialism, like capitalism is unfair due to the reasons mentioned above under the four systems of government.
In a spiritual Kingdom, a Messiah Kingship with his select oligarchy is nothing more than capitalism achieved at present, while theocratically driven after this present has ceased; distributing, like socialism, cohesion and false security through the free gift (Romans 6:23). And since this cohesion is usually free to all, with conditions to accept or reject according to mainstream fundamentalism; people are “paid according to their abilities and needs” after said acceptance. This is the ‘Parable of the Talents at work here found in Matthew 25:14-30. According to the abilities of each man, one servant received five talents, the second servant received two talents, and the third servant received one talent. The property entrusted to the three servants was worth 8 talents, where a talent was a significant amount of money (Matthew 25:14-30). But in this case, since everything is shared, the least in the Kingdom really winds up with practically nothing – hence the final rebellion in Revelation 20:1-10.
It is painfully obvious; the four economic and social systems of government in relation to a physical Kingdom of God upon Earth totally fails. Even when benevolent, in reference to a physical Kingdom of God upon Earth, conditions are seen. Conditions of capitalism, socialism, communism and theocracy. But in the heart of the spirit of Man, they can not touch him, nor change what is: A state of perpetual being. The solution lies not in changing the economic system while a part of this age, but in changing the heart of man through the power of the two Gospels of Jesus Christ within us all already: The death, blood, burial and resurrection alone are the only essentials needed to develop the Kingdom of God available to us all since the foundation of rhe world; without the need for capitalism, socialism, communism, an oligarchy or theocracies of a ruling Messianic King. For such, the Kingdom of God is not.